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1.How do swimmers qualify for Divisionals    [Top]
  Each swimmer must swim in two (or more) FCSL dual meets. Teams usually enter their fastest swimmers in each event. (2019 season has less meets per division so likely to change to one or more dual meets)
2.What is max # of swimmers that can be entered for Divisionals?    [Top]
  Each Club may enter up to 3 swimmers per event in Divisionals.
3.How many events can I swim?    [Top]
  Up to 3 individual events plus 1 relay event
OR 2 individual events plus both relay events. This applies to dual meets AND Swim Championships
See also Diving FAQ's
4.How do swimmers qualify for Counties?    [Top]
  All Divisional Championship times in each event are combined to find the fastest swimmers eligible to swim at Counties
5.In Dual Meets: Can I dive and swim?    [Top]
  Yes, but Diving counts as one of your individual events when calculating your maximum # events.
6.What is the max number of events per swimmer in a dual meet?    [Top]
  Maximum in a dual meet is 4 events of which one must be a relay.
So if you do not dive the max is 3 individual events plus relay.
If you do not swim a relay the max number of events is 3 events.
7.Can I swim for more than one club in FCSL dual meets, Divisionals or Counties?    [Top]
You cannot change clubs during the season either.
8.Can I swim an individual event at Counties even if I did not swim at Divisionals?    [Top]
9.What are Alternates?    [Top]
  Divisional Alternates are Swimmers who are conditionally entered but only swim in the event if a faster swimmer from the same Club Scratches that event.
Each Club may enter one Alternate per event in Divisionals.
County Alternates are the next two fastest swimmers in the event from the combined Divisional results, after the County heats have been filled.
10.Can Alternates swim at Counties?    [Top]
  Only if one of the faster, seeded swimmers Scratches or No-Shows'.
Swimmers must be ready and waiting at the blocks if not already advised of a No-Show
11.How are Divisionals Seeded?    [Top]
  The swimmers entered times are listed in time order.
The fastest swimmers are put in the last heat to be swum, filling up all the lanes.
The next fastest group swims in the heat before that, etc.

The first heat to be swum, with the slowest times, should have at least 3 swimmers even if that means the next heat has 1 or 2 empty lanes.
12.How are Counties events Seeded?    [Top]
  Counties fills up a maximum of two heats (in an eight-lane pool) with the slower times in the first heat, faster times in the second heat.
Tied times for the last position in each of the heats may require a Swim-Off during County warm-ups.
13.How likely am I to qualify for Counties at a Division 5 or 6 Club?    [Top]
  Division 1 supplies most of the swimmers at Counties as, historically, they are the most successful & larger teams with more fast swimmers, Division 2 supplies quite a lot of swimmers too, Div 3......etc.
Even in the lower Divisions some swimmers qualify for Counties each year.

In 2012, a Division 5 swimmer broke 3 FCSL Records at Counties!
14.How does FCSL score dual meets?    [Top]
  Places 1, 2, 3 in dual meets score 5, 3, 1 points, with a max of 8 points (not 9!) per Club per event.
Relays score 7 points for 1st place only.
15.How does FCSL score Divisionals?    [Top]
  Divisional events score thru first 12 places with awards given to match.
Relays score double thru' 12 places.
16.Trouble importing Divisionals/Counties Results into HyTek Team Mgr?    [Top]
  If the Club's results do not show up, you may be using the wrong code name for your team.
Correct the Team Code in Team Mgr: Teams, Edit and try again.
Official club code names are in each Club listing in About the Clubs
17.I am a FCSL Club parent - can I be a FCSL Referee?    [Top]
  FCSL does NOT encourage parents to become FCSL Swim Referees.
Retired FCSL swimmers (18+) may train to become an FCSL Swim Referee.
FCSL or YMCA/college/USA Swim Coaches are encouraged to become FCSL Referees.
Contact FCSL Officials Chair for certification info and see Key Dates.
18.I am a FCSL Club Parent - what can I do to help?    [Top]
  Parents are encouraged to become Timers, Ribbon-Writers, Scorers, Runners for their club dual meets and for Championship meets.
Knowledgeable parents can serve as their Club Pool Chair or Swim Chair; or also on the FCSL Board, contact the FCSL Nominating Chair.
19.If I am sure the Referee made a mistake, what can I do?    [Top]
  Do NOT approach the Referee. Do NOT argue with the Referee.
FCSL has a zero tolerance policy regarding accosting a Referee.
Afterwards, calmly ask your coach about the situation and the relevant rules.
20.Are FCSL Referees Paid?    [Top]
  Yes, FCSL Referees are paid by the Home Club (Minimum fees are in FCSL Rules/Appendices)
21.Can I officiate for my FCSL Club or Division?    [Top]
Referees cannot officiate their own club team (whether Coach or Swimmer) nor any other dual meets in their own Division.
22.Who chooses the Dual Meet Referee?    [Top]
  The home Club's Swim Chair selects and contacts a certified Referee/Starter well before each dual meet and notifies the visiting coach at least one day prior to the meet.
At some clubs the Swim Chair delegates this duty to their Head Swim Coach.
23.How do I become a Dual Meet Scorer?    [Top]
  Talk to your Club Swim Chair and start by helping an experienced Scorer.
Learn the FCSL Scoring Rules.
Make sure a copy of the FCSL Rule Book is on the scoring table for reference.
There is at least one Scorer per team at each dual meet.
24.How does FCSL score Counties?    [Top]
  County events score places 1 thru 16 (assuming an 8 lane pool), or places 1 thru 12 (if a 6 lane pool).
Awards are given to match the places.
Relays (one per team only) score double per place.
25.How does FCSL calculate ages?    [Top]
  Age on June 15th each year applies for the whole season, (before and after June 15th). Eligible until end of same season in which he/she turns 18 yr-old, if birthday is after June 15th.

Water Polo

1.Who can be a Water Polo Referee?    [Top]
  All WP Coaches, or past players (18+) with a strong WP background, are encouraged to train as WP Referees (contact the FCSL WP VP or WP Coaches Rep for info).
2.I am an FCSL Water Polo Coach - must I train as a Referee?    [Top]
  Yes, all FCSL WP Head Coaches will now be required to train as WP Referees before the season starts at the Mandatory WP meeting.
(New WP administrative rule passed by FCSL Board in 2011.)
3.How many Referees officiate each FCSL Water Polo game?    [Top]
  One FCSL Referee may officiate at FCSL Midget or Junior level games.
Two FCSL Referees must officiate at FCSL Senior games.
4.I'm a FCSL WP parent - can I yell at or hector the Referee(s) or opposing team's players like the crowd at a hockey game?    [Top]
  Absolutely NOT!
FCSL requires civil behavior from all players, spectators, officials & club staff appropriate to the private club location of the game.
In extreme situations, club security or even the police may be called to eject any spectator who is abusive or threatening to any player or Referee. See also FCSL�s Code of Conduct.
5.What do the Referee's hand & foot signals mean?    [Top]
  Click the link in fcsl.info Downloads for a full explanation for all the FCSL WP Referee Officiating Signals with accompanying graphics.
6.What or where is the Strike Zone?    [Top]
  Generally considered the conical area starting at the five meter line, angled out from the goal post to about 2 meters wide of the goal posts at the five meter line.
(No formal definition.)
7.What does 'inside position' mean?    [Top]
  An offensive (attacking) player has inside position if he/she is is closer to the goal than any defensive players with the exception of the goalkeeper.
8.What is a neutral throw?    [Top]
  A neutral throw is a restart of play by the Referee throwing the ball to two players (one of each team) without favoring either side.
9.What does it mean if a player is 'majored'?    [Top]
  A player has been 'majored' if he has incurred 3 kick-outs (exclusion fouls) during a game.
This must be noted on the FCSL score-sheet.
10.What is a kickout?    [Top]
  A kickout is when a player has to leave the game for 20 seconds as a result of an exclusion foul, also known as a personal foul
11.What does a yellow card mean?    [Top]
  It means a player or coach has been officially cautioned for misconduct, but may continue participating in the game.
Two yellow cards in a game = a red card.
12.What does a red card mean?    [Top]
  It means a player or coach has been excluded for misconduct, and is required to leave the playing area immediately and cannot return to the game.
13.What or where is the hole?    [Top]
  The 'hole' is the position directly in front of the goal, closest to the 2 meter line.
Thus 'hole D' is the defensive player in that position, while 'hole set' is the offensive (attacking) player in that position, usually implying no player of the opposing team is nearer the goal.
14.Where can I find more Water Polo terminology definitions?    [Top]
  Wikipedia has a long list arranged alphabetically at
15.Can a Swim Chair (WP Chair) agree to an ineligible Water Polo player participating?    [Top]
An otherwise ineligible player may only play in an FCSL Water Polo game if an FCSL Eligibility Petition is approved by FCSL Board vote prior to the first game.

Counties Program Ads

1.How do I get an Ad in the Counties program?    [Top]
  Contact data, deadlines & prices are usually listed on fcsl.info front page in mid-summer. Each Club is charged for a one page Ad in the Yearly Club Dues but may purchase more.
Individual families are encouraged to buy ad's too.
2.In what format should my Ad be?    [Top]
  Ad's can be in several popular (unlocked) file formats such as pdf or jpg that can be read on a PC. Please email/call if unsure.
Apple users may need to use their own quality printer to mail/hand-deliver Ads.
3.What shape/size should my Ad be?    [Top]
  Full page Ad should be 7 1/2" wide by 10" high.

Half-page Ad 7 1/2" wide by 5" high.

Quarter-page Ad 3 1/2" wide by 5" high
4.How much does an Ad cost?    [Top]
  Full page Ad: color $300, black/white $100;

Half-page Ad: black/white $50;

Quarter-page Ad: black/white $25. Check front page of website for more up-to-date costs.


1.Can a coach enter four 12 yr olds in the same relay?    [Top]
  No! At least one swimmer must be 10 or Under.
The four age categories for each FCSL relay team are 10 & Under, 12 & Under, 14 & Under, 17 & Under.
There must be a swimmer in each age category in each relay team.
Four 10 & Under's can be entered in the same relay.
2.Can I swim on more than one relay team in the same event?    [Top]
3.What is max # of relays that can be entered for Divisionals?    [Top]
  Each Club may enter up to 3 relays (A, B, C) per event in Divisionals.
4.What is max # of relays that can advance to Counties?    [Top]
  One Relay Team per club can advance to Counties per relay event.
5.Can I swim on a relay team in both relay events?    [Top]
  Only if you have swum only one individual swim event, with or without a diving event
6.Can I change relay events at Counties after swimming a relay at Divisionals?    [Top]
  If you were entered in 3 individual swim events, and swam a relay at Divisionals, you can NOT swim in the other relay event at Counties.
This applies even if you scratched an entered Divisional event.
If you were only entered in one or two individual events at Divisionals (ie did not enter nor swim max # events) you can swim both relay events at Counties.
7.Can I swim relay events at Counties even if I did not swim at Divisionals?    [Top]
  Yes, providing you were formally entered in the Divisional meet entry.
The Counties relay team entry (ie the entry time) belongs to the Club, not to the 4 swimmers who swam the qualifying time at Divisionals.
8.How likely is a Division 5 relay team to qualify to swim at Counties?    [Top]
  Relays are limited to one per Club at Counties. (More are allowed at Divisionals).
There are currently 33 FCSL teams and so up to 33 relay teams are competing for one of the 16 places in a Counties Relay event.
9.How does FCSL score relay events in dual meets?    [Top]
  Relays score 7 points for 1st place only.
10.How does FCSL score relays in Divisionals?    [Top]
  Divisional relay events score double points, thru first 12 places with awards given to match.
11.Can B & C relay teams score in Divisionals?    [Top]
  Yes, if they place first thru' 12th
12.Do the four relay swimmers at Counties have to be the same four that swum at Divisionals?    [Top]
  No! The qualifying slot at Counties belongs to the club not those four swimmers.
Any swimmer may swim on a relay team at Counties subject to the max number of events rule, if entered in Divisionals.
13.If I swam on the B relay team in Divisionals, can I swim on the relay team in the same event at Counties?    [Top]
  Yes, providing your B relay team was not disqualified at Divisionals.
Same applies to you if you swam on the C team.
14.If I swam in one relay event in Divisionals, can I swim in the OTHER relay event at Counties?    [Top]
  Only if you did NOT swim in the max number of events at Divisionals.


1.A Diver has failed 2 dives in a dual meet, is there a penalty?    [Top]
  The Diver is disqualified per USA Diving Rules which govern FCSL unless changed by the League.
2.Can a diver choose not to do one of the listed dives?    [Top]
  Yes, in dual meets only:
USA Diving: Section E (2) - The diver may elect before hand to not perform any one of his/her listed dives, such dive shall be scored �zero� but there shall be no other penalty.


1.Who is eligible to participate in FCSL?    [Top]
  Children age 17 years or younger whose parents have a family membership in an FCSL Club.
2.If I have a Youth Club Membership, can I participate?    [Top]
  Children 17 or younger who have their own individual club membership are not eligible to participate in FCSL aquatic sports. Children of adult Club members are eligible.
3.I am a lifeguard, can I swim, dive or play WP on my employer club team?    [Top]
UNLESS your family have a membership at the club where you work and you are age 17 or less.
4.The Club where I work offers my children the use of club, can they join the aquatic teams?    [Top]
  Yes for practice, but not in dual meets or games UNLESS your Swim Chair submits an Eligibility Petition on their behalf before the first dual meet.
If the FCSL Board votes to approve the Petition, your children can compete in dual meets, WP games and in Championships.
5.My family belongs to a Town Pool but does not reside in that town, can I officially join their aquatic teams?    [Top]
  No. This was a circumstance agreed by the facility when they were allowed to join FCSL.
This applies to swim/dive dual meets, water polo games and championships.
However the Club Swim Chair can approve unofficial participation in dual meets only.
If both clubs Swim Chairs agree, you can participate officially in dual meets and games but NOT any Championships.
Still have a question? Email it to the appropriate person on the FCSL Board
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